Running Brave (film) Not made by Disney, but distributed by Buena Vista Distribution Co. The true story of Marine Corps Lt. Billy Mills, a rank outsider and half-Sioux Indian who won America’s first and only top award in the 10,000-meter race during the Olympic Games in Tokyo in 1964. Directed by D.S. Everett. Released in November 1983. 107 min. Stars Robby Benson (Billy Mills), Pat Hingle, Claudia Cron, Jeff McCracken.